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Environment America urges Biden administration to abandon plan for new offshore drilling lease sales

If it hopes to protect our coasts and our climate, the Biden administration must reverse its plans to sell leases for offshore oil drilling.


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The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill's damage to the Gulf of Mexico exemplifies the dangers inherent in offshore oil drilling.

The urgency of acting on climate has never been clearer — so why would we consider extracting more fossil fuels from our coastal waters?

In October, Environment America joined Environmental Action and PIRG to deliver nearly 27,000 petitions to the Biden administration urging it to halt its plans to sell new leases for offshore oil and gas extraction. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a five-year plan to lease new plots of federal land and waters for fossil fuel extraction. The groups’ efforts were part of a larger coalition’s push, which submitted nearly 800,000 comments in support of no new leases in the five-year plan.

“History tells us that oil drilling doesn’t belong in coastal waters,” said Environment America Oceans Advocate Ian Giancarlo. “The Biden administration’s vision for a fossil fuel-free future won’t become reality if we continue to hold business-as-usual lease sales in coastal waters.”

Opposing offshore drilling is a crucial plank of Environment America’s plans to protect our oceans and their wildlife.

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